If you are interested in using your knowledge and skill to start a career as an immigration agent in Australia, it is required by law that you become registered in the field. According to the Migration Act of 1958, all positions that provide assistance and advice to individuals seeking Australian visas can only be filled by registered agents. The following is a step-by-step guide for achieving your dreams of becoming a migration agent and beginning a great career.
1. Prepare For Registration
It is crucial that you become familiar with all of the related laws and regulations in place for new migration agents. The Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) is responsible for assessing all agent applications, so it is important to understand what they are expecting by reading through their website. Take special note of the occupational competency standards that detail exactly how a registered immigration agent should perform his or her duties, as well as the special registration requirements. For instance, in Sydney, migration agents need to possess a graduate certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice. Ensure that you fulfill all standards and requirements before applying.
2. Complete the Application
Although this step sounds easy, it can be a long process to fill out the eleven full pages that make up the migration agent application form. In addition, applicants are required to attach documents that provide proof of professional indemnity insurance, competency, English language knowledge, and an Australia Federal Police name check. Ensure that the entire application is filled out correctly to avoid any future delays or hassles down the road. Once you are sure the application and attachments are flawless, it is time to pay the non-refundable application fees. The fees are $1,760 AUD for commercial or for profit registration, or $160 AUD for non-commercial or non-profit registration.
3. Patiently Wait
While the MARA is processing and authorizing your application, there is little to do but wait for the results. If you supplied all of the correct documentation, it will usually take around eight weeks for the application to be processed. Keep track of the progress for your application by visiting their website. When your application is being processed, your name will be listed as one of the intended applicants.
4. Receive Good or Bad News
Once the MARA has approved your application, the office will email you with this excellent news and publish your registration onto their website. Within two weeks following approval, you will receive a certificate stating your registration and a copy of the code of conduct. Congratulations, you have officially become a registered migration agent!
If your application should be refused, there is no reason to give up your dreams. You have the ability to petition the decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) within 28 days. If the appeal is also refused, it is recommended that you wait at least one year and reapply for registration again.
This blog entry comes from Hunt Migration, a team of specialists legal professionals who handle migration cases for many people wanting to live in Australia permanently on a yearly basis.